What is changing? What should you as a communicator, evangelist, news journalist, or blogger prepare, train and get ready for when looking at the future of publishing online?
The key changes and transformations that I have been able to catch sum up to a publishing ecosystem that is much less difficult to use, and where interfaces gradually disappear to become a "just-in-time" utilities.
Commands and options are there only when you need them - just in time, otherwise invisible.
Design intelligence becomes part of the tools we use, so that you need not learn about design and graphics to produce professional-looking content.
Publishing online itself becomes an activity that is not necessarily bound to a specific web site, but more and more to create content that will be shared and used in many other different situations and contexts.
From static pages we are rapidly moving to a stream metaphor, and within it to cards, tiles and pins as our basic unit of information reference.
Curation, preservation and working with collections will rapidly become an important area of growth for anyone publishing online.
Some unfriendly shadows loom on the future of the Internet, and as a consequence of web publishing too. These shadows will not likely be dissipated unless you and me take some specific tangible action. So, while the online publishing game looks exciting for the future, to keep playing we need to understand that what we can do today may not be possible tomorrow unless, we keep ourselves informed and we do something about it.
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